Linen is one of the oldest fabrics in the world dating back over forty centuries, to Egypt. Clothes made from this fabric were worn by the aristocrats as it was more difficult to produce. The fabric was traded with Phoenicians, who then shared it with many other countries and civilizations.

Linen sarees are made from flax, which is a plant fiber. Being natural in origin, most production processes of linen are similar to cotton. The fabric could be either the original color, dyed, printed, embroidered, or even painted. Due to the raw nature of the fibers, linen has the unique ability to capture the character of a color making the design on the saree more dramatic.